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Religion Teacher/Catechist Certification Program and Adult Faith Studies

Our Office offers courses for teachers, parish catechists, diaconate aspirants and any adult who would like to expand their knowledge of the Catholic faith. Everyone is welcome to attend any course/workshop! The cost is $35 per course

Certification Courses

For religion teachers in the Diocese of Covington, there is a basic, general and advanced level of certification. At the recommended rate of two courses per year, an individual should reach the advanced level of certification within a six-year period.

Basic Beliefs CANCELED
Instructor: Rev. Michael Barth
Date: Oct. 3, 2020,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Introduction to ScriptureCANCELED
Instructor: Rev. Timothy Schehr
Date: Oct. 17, 2020,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Old and New Testaments CANCELED
Instructor: Rev. Timothy Schehr
Date: Oct. 24 & 31, 2020,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Liturgy and RitesCANCELED
Instructor: Rev. Daniel Schomaker
Date: Nov. 7, 14 & 21, 2020,
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Justice and Peace (Catholic Social Teaching)CANCELED
Instructor: Mr. David Cooley
Date: Dec. 5 & 12, 2020,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Church History  – Canceled
Instructor: Mr. Isaak Isaak
Date: Jan. 2 & 9, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Introduction to Catholic Spirituality – Canceled
Instructor: Mr. Brad Torline
Date: Jan. 16 & 23, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Jesus (Christology) – Canceled
Instructor: Rev. Michael Barth
Date: Jan. 30 &  Feb. 6 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Church: Vision, Mission & Ministry (Ecclesiology) – Canceled
Instructor: Mr. Isaak Isaak
Date: Feb. 13 & 20, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Sacraments – Canceled
Instructor: Mr. David Cooley
Date: Feb. 27 & March 6, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Christian Morality
Instructor: Rev. Ray Enzweiler
Date: March 13 and 20, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Prayer Workshop: Praying All-Ways
Instructor: Ms. Rosanne Thomas
Date: March 27, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Catechetical Process
Instructor: Rev. Andrew Young
Date: May 22, 2021,
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Maintenance Courses

Once an individual has completed the advanced level of certification, he or she must complete 30 hours of maintenance every three years.

Scripture Study: Acts of the Apostles – Canceled
Instructor: Rev. Andrew Young
Date: Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, Library

Diocesan RCIA Workshop: Implementing RCIA in the Parish
Instructor: Mrs. Vicki Klocke
Date: Feb. 18, 25 and March 4, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring

Mariology
Instructor: Rev. Msgr. William Cleves
Date: April 10 and 17, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

The Mass as Prayer
Instructor: Deacon Gerald Franzen
Date: April 24 and May 5, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Eschatology: The Last Things
Instructor: Rev. Michael Barth
Date: May 8 and 15, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Ecumenism
Instructor: Mr. Brad Torline
Date: May 4, 11 and 18, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

Theology of the Body
Instructor: Rev. Ray Enzweiler
Date: May 5, 12 and 19, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: (Curia) Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington

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Bible Study Workshops

We are sorry to report that the Bible study sessions on the Psalms, Sept. 8, 15 and Oct. 6, and the book of Isaiah, Oct. 13, Nov. 3 and 13,  have been CANCELED due to COVID-19.

For those interested in learning more about the Psalms we recommend the book, “Psalm Basics for Catholics” by John Bergsma.

The workshops will hopefully continue in spring 2021 and turn to the Book of Job to discover from his experiences invaluable lessons about suffering and the journey of faith.

Bible Workshop Schedule

The Psalms
Saint Ambrose called the Book of Psalms a gymnasium for the soul. He explains that the Psalter is filled with reflections to help us gain strength for the journey of life. Let’s read some of the Psalms together and get a good spiritual work-out.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, 7 p.m. CANCELED
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, 7 p.m. CANCELED
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, 7 p.m. CANCELED

The oracles of Isaiah
The weeks of Advent are filled with oracles from the prophet Isaiah. Let’s spend some time reading passages from his book and discover why Isaiah is the Old Testament prophet the church turns to most often in this special time of preparation for Christmas. Apart from the Psalms, the book of Isaiah appears most often in the three-year cycle of the Sunday Liturgy.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 7 p.m. CANCELED 
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, 7 p.m. CANCELED
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 7 p.m. CANCELED

The Book of Job
Job was perfectly upright. But there was room for improvement even in the perfect Job. Let’s read his story and find out how. Along the way we will also learn about the many friends who walked beside him on the journey of suffering.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 7 p.m.

Meet Father Timothy Schehr

Father Timothy P. Schehr is a Biblical Professor at the Athenaeum of Ohio (Mt. St. Mary Seminary) of the West. He has a B.A., M. Div.,  and an M.A. from the Athenaeum of Ohio. He also has a Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College.

This course study will provide adult learners in the diocese with a more in-depth understanding of specific books of the Bible. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn, know and understand more about the Catholic Bible.

Sessions are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

The cost to participate in each book of the Bible workshop is $35. Call (859) 392-1500, ext. 1529.